By Reg Chapman

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A group of multi-cultural kids are exploring the outdoors in the heart of Minneapolis.

The Loppet Adventure Camp held at Theodore Wirth Park in north Minneapolis brings young people together.

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Owen Hutto and his buddies are some of the kids enjoying the summer fun.

“It’s a good camp, because you do a lot of activities outside,” he said. “It’s just nice to spend time with your friends and have fun.”

Loppet Foundation Adventure Director Anthony Taylor says the camp is meant to be much more than fun.

“Getting kids out and active is part of helping them achieve more in school, especially for boys,” Taylor said.

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Taylor says activities like mountain biking and roller-skiing helps increase a young person’s resilience and teaches them to committing when they fail.

“Theodore Wirth Park is one of the most amazing properties in the country,” Taylor said. “It is the same size as Central Park.”

She adds that the Loppet Adventure Camp the narrative many hear about the north side.

“North Minneapolis is maybe the greenest, most bikable, potentially the most walkable community,” she said.

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Now, kids from 8 to 18 are learning about embracing the outdoors and how doing so can help them be all they can be.

Reg Chapman